Shetland must make the most of decommissioning, says Scott

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has called for Shetland to benefit from the predicted increase in decommissioning over the next ten years. Oil and Gas UK’s report, Decommissioning Insight 2016, published today, identifies that over 100 platforms across the UK and Norway are due to be fully or partially removed in the next decade. 

Commenting, Tavish Scott said:

“Shetland is well placed to win decommissioning work highlighted in today’s report. We have already lost work to Norway and need to make sure that doesn’t happen with future contracts. This week representatives of Scottish Ports including Lerwick Port Authority will be in Holyrood. That is a useful time to consider what more can be done to make Shetland the most attractive place to win this work given our closeness to the Northern North Sea oil rigs.

“Decommisioning provides jobs and would provide a huge boost for the local economy. But we still wait for the Scottish Government’s action plan which has yet to be published. It’s time the Scottish Government recognises the real opportunities decommisioning can bring and tells us how it will support industry to keep work in Scotland.”

Notes: Oil & Gas UK's report is available here

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